Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Review: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Title: Desires of the Dead

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication date: 15th February 2011

Series: The Body Finder #2

Previous books in series: The Body Finder

Source: Received for review.

My Rating: 8/10

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Violet has a curious gift: the ability to sense the echoes emitted by murder victims. Only her boyfriend Jay and her closest family know. But when she locates the body of a missing boy sought by the FBI she puts herself firmly on their radar.


As if dealing with regular calls from the FBI isn’t enough, threatening notes are being left on her doorstep, and she feels disturbing echoes around the home of Jay’s new best friend. Violet needs answers fast…


Violet should feel closer to Jay now he’s moved from best friend to boyfriend, but she hasn’t told him what’s worrying her. She tells herself she’s protecting him, but is their fledgling relationship strong enough to cope?

As Violet faces her fears alone she uncovers dark truths that lead her to danger…

My thoughts:

I talked a lot about Jay in my review of The Body Finder and I’ll probably do the same now… I love him! He is so utterly and unbearably perfect!

I still love Jay and Violet’s relationship in this book. I was sort of worried that it would be all clich├ęd and that it wouldn’t develop from the last book but I wasn’t disappointed. It developed even more really well and seemed to be realistic and natural making it really believable which helps the whole story.

I loved how one chapter leads to the next. There was a really nice flow to the story which made one event lead into another flawlessly. It definitely made this another unputdownable book. I read it entirely in two sittings it was that engrossing.

The tension and suspense build up was excellent. It really sent shivers down my spine at times which is always a good thing!

One thing I didn’t really like though, was that the plot got a bit predictable at times. It wasn’t enough to put me off, and even if I guessed what was going to happen I still enjoyed reading about it when it did eventually happen!

I can only hope that more from Kimberly Derting comes soon!

Great quotes:

She fell asleep like that, wrapped in warmth.
Wrapped in Jay.

About the author:

Kimberly is the author of THE BODY FINDER and it's follow-up, DESIRES OF THE DEAD. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy...a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

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